At the Columbia Publishing Course, longtime director Lindy Hess is taking a leave due to health issues, with assistant director Susan Caplan running the program during her absence.
At Trident Media Group, Mark Gottlieb has been promoted to audio rights agent.
Kate Rados has joined the Crown Publishing Group in the new role of director of community development, reporting to director of marketing Jill Flaxman. Previously she was group digital marketing director for F+W Media. Emily Davis has been promoted to assistant marketing manager, reporting to Rados.
Justin Hargett joined Basic Books this week as a publicist. Most recently he was a publicist at Picador, and previously he has worked at Other Press, Oxford University Press and Soho Press, where he was director of publicity.
Jennifer Musico has joined Kaye Publicity as publicist and head of the nonfiction division. Previously she was publicity manager at Media Connect.
Jackie Thompson has joined Ingram as a content acquisition business development manager, focusing on business development for Ingram's print-on-demand and digital distribution products. She will be based in their Berkeley, CA office. Previously she was a vp at Nolo.
Women swept all five Costa Award categories, including Hilary Mantel (for the Booker-winning BRING UP THE BODIES) in best novel; THE INNOCENTS by Francesca Segal for best first novel; and MAGGOT MOON by Sally Gardner for best children's novel.
Crown's Broadway and Hogarth trade paperback lines are adding enhanced content to select titles (in both print and ebook editions). Similar to Harper's PS program launched many years ago, their Extra Libris initiative adds a 16-page signature of new material, "such as author essays, Q&As, and Readers' Guides." The program debuts this month in the paperback releases of Chris Pavone's The Expats (January 22) and Susan Cain's Quiet (January 29).
HarperCollins' lease is up in 2014 for their space on East 53 Street, and Crain's reports the publisher "is in negotiations to take a roughly 200,000-square-foot lease at 195 Broadway, the 29-story, block-long building built as the headquarters for American Telephone and Telegraph.